Nights of Ice

True Stories of Disaster and Survival on Alaska's High Seas

Spike Walker

St. Martin's Press

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Spike Walker has spent more than a decade fishing in the subzero hell of Alaska's coastal waters. This collection--coming on the heels of his classic memoir Working on the Edge--is a testament to the courage of those who brave nature's wrath each fishing season, and to the uncontrolled power of nature herself.. The crewmen in Nights of Ice face a constant onslaught of roaring waves, stories-high swells, and life-stealing ice. Tested by the elements, these seamen battle for their vessels and their lives, on every page evincing a level of courage and a will to live seldom found elsewhere in modern society.

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NIGHTS OF ICE
NIGHTS OF ICEFor Joe Harlan, captain of the fifty-three-foot crab boat Tidings, and his crew, the 1989 Kodiak Island tanner crab season had been an exceptionally tough one.From the opening gun, they'd ignored the weather, fishing hard through the merciless cold of an arctic storm. They were working the waters down in the Sitkalidak Island area on the southeast side of Kodiak Island, some eighty nautical miles from the fishing port of Kodiak. But Harlan and his men had been pleased at their luck.They'd been pulling gear in the biting cold of the short winter hours of light, grinding

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"Addicts of true adventure tales will find few more exciting collections thatn this account of eight battles fought by men and women against the sea off the coast of Alaska between 1980 and 1994...[Walker] knows many of those who survived the ordeals he describes here so vividly." --Publishers Weekly

"It is said that America's most dangerous profession is commercial fishing on Alaska's high seas. Even a quick dip into this collection will convince you of that...Grab-you-by-the-throat, rip snorting tales of diasaster on furious high seas." --Kirkus Reviews

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Spike Walker

Spike Walker's memior of his own adventures at sea, Working on the Edge, was hailed as "the definitive account of this perilous trade" by James A. Michener. The author of Coming Back Alive, Spike has worked aboard some of the most successful crab boats in the Alaskan fleet, and rode out one of the worst storms in Alaska's histroy. Now dividing his time between Oregon and Alaska, he is at work on his third book.

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Nights of Ice
True Stories of Disaster and Survival on Alaska's High Seas
Spike Walker

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St. Martin's Press
February 1999
e-Book Agency
ISBN: 9781466805385
ISBN10: 1466805382
224 pages
$9.99

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St. Martin's Press
St. Martin's Griffin
February 1999
Trade Paperback
ISBN: 9780312199937
ISBN10: 0312199937
5 1/2 x 8 1/4 inches, 224 pages
$14.95
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